EMS408 Curriculum Method: Senior Science (8)

This subject examines Year 11 and Year 12 NSW science syllabuses and the Australian Curriculum. A major focus of the subject is on planning teaching and learning sequences for Stage 6 science that will provide learners with opportunities to develop science understandings through the application of Working Scientifically skills and inquiry questions. A range of strategies for teaching and assessing senior science subjects are considered including critical scientific thinking, problem-solving techniques, and the planning, conducting and communicating results of investigations. Strategies for differentiating teaching, learning and assessment to meet the diverse needs of students in Stage 6 science and to embed the cross-curricular priorities and general capabilities are explored. The use of digital resources and tools, including the selection of appropriate digital content, to complement teaching strategies, enhance learning sequences and lesson plans, and to meet curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements in Stage 6 science is also included. The subject builds upon the first curriculum method subject and a deep understanding of the discipline content in one or more areas of science (biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental science) is assumed.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMS408. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to implement senior secondary science curriculum and syllabus documents for NSW or the Australian Curriculum into a teaching program;
  • be able to critically assess the suitability of a range of digital resources to support teaching and learning and assessment requirements in senior science;
  • be able to design an assessment item, including a marking rubric, for a chosen area of content in senior secondary science;
  • be able to identify opportunities to embed literacy, digital literacy and numeracy in teaching/learning activities in senior secondary science teaching programs;
  • be able to apply appropriate pedagogical models within a teaching program, including inquiry-based strategies, for teaching senior secondary sciences;
  • be able to develop a detailed teaching program for a sequence of lessons from an area of content in senior secondary sciences; and
  • be able to identify and appraise teaching resources for Stage 6 science that are culturally appropriate and inclusive, including the selection of digital resources and tools with appropriate digital content to meet Stage 6 curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements in science.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Stage 6 Science Syllabuses
  • Continuum of learning in Science K-12
  • Cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities in Stage 6 science
  • Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in Stage 6 science
  • Teaching/learning resources that are culturally appropriate and inclusive
  • Use of digital resources and tools to support teaching and learning and meet senior science curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements in Stage 6 science
  • Literacy, numeracy and digital literacy in senior science
  • Models of pedagogy in Stage 6 science
  • Strategies for assessing learners' progress in Stage 6 science
  • Assessment and reporting in Preliminary and HSC science
  • Planning and programming in the Stage 6 science

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.